Rich Lapham, OT, Boston College

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Rich Lapham, OT, Boston College

Postby Pudge » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:57 am

Boston College
40: 5.40e


Has good height and uses his long arms to get extension on the edge. Does a nice job intiating contact and delivers a good punch. Shows pop as a run blocker and has the strength and potential to be a good drive blocker.


Has slow feet and a limited athlete. Overextends and is too much of a waist bender. Struggles to adjust in space and can't match up with speed off the edge. Doesn't stay square and speed rushers can go right around him because he'll set up too far inside. He'll give up ground to the edge rusher and can get bull-rushed off the corner. Has poor feet and struggles to move backwards or laterally. Will whiff on his punch at times. Needs to take better angles as a run blocker in order to get better position.


Lapham has the size you'd like in a right tackle and flashes potential as a run blocker, but he's probably too limited an athlete for NFL teams to really like him. He has a chance to stick as a right tackle, as teams have an affinity for hard-working Boston College linemen. But he's a marginal NFL prospect overall. Has experience, a three-year starter with 33 career starts at right tackle for the Eagles. Missed a big chunk of this past year with a knee injury.


Lapham will get a shot at the next level, and his best hope is that a team takes an affinity for his size potential, strength, and toughness and is willing to develop him as a reserve player for his first few seasons. Despite being a BC linemen, his technique isn't spectacular. Although his main issues are his athletic limitations. If he can be refined somewhat, there's a chance he manages to stick at the next level as a reserve right tackle. But not the caliber of guy that sticks long-term. He could get by for a few years, but eventually a better athlete is going to come along and take his job. He's more of a practice squad guy that if he can stick around for a couple of summers, he might impress a coaching staff enough to give him a gig. But he's more than likely a journeyman that will be out of the league by his third or fourth summer.


Lapham is more of a body to come to Atlanta and compete. He could compete at right tackle, but he really offers no upside over guys like Svitek and Valdez and would at best be a last resort practice squad candidate. If he shows improvement over the next year or so, he might be a longshot to land a reserve spot at the bottom of the depth chart, but the Falcons can find guys with more upside than him in the meantime.


Lapham isn't worth drafting, but should get looks as an undrafted free agent.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 3.5
Pass Blocking: 2.0
Run Blocking: 2.5
Footwork: 2.0
Technique: 2.5
Mobility: 2.0
Mean Streak: 3.0
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